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Karrin Allyson



One of the more impressive jazz singers to emerge in the '90s, Karrin Allyson is a great scat singer but also highly expressive on ballads. Born in Great Bend, KS, Allyson grew up in Omaha, NE, and the San Francisco Bay Area -- during which time she began taking classical piano lessons, in addition to performing as a folk singer and in an all-female rock band, Tomboy. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1987 (and receiving a degree in piano), Allyson sang regularly at a Kansas City nightclub owned by her uncle, a locale where Allyson decided to settle down and call her permanent home base. Signed to the Concord Jazz label, in 1992 Allyson issued her debut, I Didn't Know About You, which led to such accolades as being name-checked in Playboy's Annual Reader's Poll alongside such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. Subsequently, Allyson assembled a fine backing band consisting of fellow Kansas City musicians: pianist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, bassist Bob Bowman, and drummer Todd Strait, who have played on the majority of her recordings. Allyson continued issuing albums at a steady pace throughout the remainder of the decade, including such titles as 1993's Sweet Home Cookin', 1994's Azure-Té, plus a pair in 1996, Collage and Daydream. For her final release of the '90s, 1999's From Paris to Rio, Allyson decided to try something different and issued an album in which she sang lyrics in French and Portuguese, while covering a lot of ground stylistically (everything from a Jacques Brel cover to samba and bossa nova tunes). Allyson's next offering, 2001's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, proved to be one of the most acclaimed and successful of her entire career, as it earned a pair of Grammy nominations. For 2002's in blue, Allyson opted to cover other artists' material (Mose Allison, Joni Mitchell, George and Ira Gershwin, Blossom Dearie, Abbey Lincoln, Oscar Brown, Jr., and Bonnie Raitt), as the singer only penned one of the album's 13 tracks, a path she also followed two years later on Wild for You, which contained her versions of songs from artists she had grown up with, like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, and Mitchell. In 2006 she released Footprints, earning herself a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Over the years, Allyson has performed at some of the top concert halls in the U.S., including an all-star tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at New York's Carnegie Hall, in addition to playing alongside both the Kansas City and Omaha Symphonies

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Karrin Allyson, cantante estadounidense de jazz. Especializada en las baladas y aficionada al uso del scat, pertenece a la corriente principal del jazz.
Aunque nacida en el estado de Kansas, Karrin creció en Omaha y en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco, mientras aprendía a tocar piano clásico y a perfeccionar su técnica como intérprete vocal de música folk y de rock en la banda femenina Tomboy.
Graduada en la Universidad de Nebraska en 1987 (y especializada en piano), Allyson cantó habitualmente en un club nocturno de Kansas City regentado por uno de sus tíos, que terminó por convertirse en su centro de trabajo.
Tras firmar con Concord Jazz en 1992, Allyson debutó discográficamente con I Didn't Know About You, que fue un gran éxito. Después de ello, se hizo con el acompañamiento de un grupo de músicos originarios de Kansas que se convirtieron en habituales suyos: el pianista Paul Smith, los guitarristas Danny Embrey y Rod Fleeman el bajista Bob Bowman y el batería Todd Strait.
Su disco de 1999, From Paris to Rio, contiene canciones en francés y portugués, y cubre un amplia abanico estilístico desde Jacques Brel a la samba y bossa nova. En 2001 obtuvo el que probablemente ha sido el mayor éxito de su carrera al publicar, obteniendo dos nominaciones a los Grammy, Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane. En 2006 con Footprints, obtendría también una nominación a los Grammy por el Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Discografía

1992: I Didn't Know About You (Concord Jazz)
1993: Sweet Home Cookin' (Concord)
1994: Azure-Té (Concord)
1996: Collage (Concord)
1996: Daydream (Concord Jazz)
1999: From Paris to Rio (Concord Jazz)
2001: Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord Jazz)
2002: In Blue (Concord Jazz)
2004: Wild for You (Concord)
2006: Footprints (Concord Music Group)
2008: Songs of Brazil

Web Side:
http://www.karrin.com/

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